8 APR | OPENING EVENT
Join us for the official opening, featuring a Welcome to Country with Derek Oram Sandy, a creative development showing by NDRNCE, a very special panel and live music.
FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA
Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane International Film Festival
With a special in-person introduction by Wesley Enoch, AM
This remarkable film documentary celebrates the 30th anniversary of Australia’s most iconic performing arts company: Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra is a historically important film that takes the viewer through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth. It recognises Bangarra’s early founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – turned the newly born dance group into one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies.
Through the eyes of the Page brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma and crucially, the extraordinary power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.
This special community screening is made possible by Metro Arts in partnership with Brisbane International Film Festival. The film will be introduced by Metro Arts patron and star of the film Wesley Enoch AM.
“What an experience. What a joy. I’ve watched it twice, and on both occasions emerged deeply moved..” – ★★★★★ The Guardian
Thu 22 Jul, 2021
New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End
FREE | Registration essential
AGES + WARNINGS
Suitable ages 15+. Mature themes and coarse language.
Metro Arts respects First Nations communities and cultures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this film may contain the images, voices, and names of deceased people.
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